Sunday, 31 January 2016

Progress Sunday 31st January 2016

Dear all,

A bitterly cold miserable day to end January with the old real progress being on the BSK with the last of the ceiling panels being sanded. More electrical work on the fitting of the electric heat system took place too.

Leigh

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Progress Saturday 30th January 2016



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Hi all
 
The LMSCA Trustees held their AGM in the conference room and members visited the coaches being shown work in progress
The 8F group had their usual Saturday gathering and assisted with the Dukes restoration
The DMU group moved the Class 31 to the car park road  ready for Mondays loading using three DMU power groups totalling 900 hp. It should be on U Tube tonight !!
They connected the 119 and 108 ready for the new season and replaced the LMS brake Van on the steam shed for repainting
 A lone worker at Duffield moved Three tons of spoil to reinstate a drainage trench just North of the tunnel
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans

Progress Saturday 30th January 2016

Hi all
 
The LMSCA Trustees held their AGM in the conference room and members visited the coaches being shown work in progress
The 8F group had their usual Saturday gathering and assisted with the Dukes restoration
The DMU group moved the Class 31 to the car park road  ready for Mondays loading using three DMU power groups totalling 900 hp. It should be on U Tube tonight !!
They connected the 119 and 108 ready for the new season and replaced the LMS brake Van on the steam shed for repainting
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans

Friday, 29 January 2016

Progress Friday 29th January 2016

Dear all,

Another major leap forward today as the reconfigured slope outside the new Booking Office received tarmac. It looks fantastic! It's quite hard to imagine we used to eat our chips there not that long ago. Inside, a team tended to some last minute snags and more items were moved from the old Booking Office.

We had stone spread in the bottom car park to help solve the mud bath problem there.

At Duffield a gaggle of clerk's started setting up the Brake Office Ticket Van which is there temporarily whilst construction takes place on a new facility there.

BSK ceiling panels progressed in the shed.

Leigh

Supplementary Friday 29th January 2016

Dear all
 
With a series of successful test customers we have felt confident to invest in our estate and the pictures show improvements to the Wirksworth Car Park following quite a hammering by heavy goods vehicles delivering and collecting test vehicles. The second shows the tarmacing in progress on the area outside our new Wirksworth Booking Hall which was particularly satisfying for Chris, John and Geoff together with others that helped undertake all the preparation work. Hats off to all the team who have worked inside and outside the Booking Hall!
 
Martin

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Progress Wednesday 27th January

A day of achievement at the railway with much work from the PWT near Hazelwood and a very busy test customer making an early start to clock up mileage before lunch and testing and checking lifting capacity of the vehicle during the afternoon

At Wirksworth more progress on the new booking hall, inside and out, brought the project ever closer to fruition and further down the site Derek was busy sanding woodwork and welder Dan was making a flash or two. Seats for the BSK were delivered and we waved goodbye to the Clayton locomotive

 Eric B

Supplementary Wednesday 27th January 2016

Dear all
 
Our Clayton locomotive left today for Plumstead to start earning its keep with Crossrail. The photo shows it ready for departure from Wirksworth.
 
Martin
 
Something completely different for you:-
 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Test track customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cylinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Test track customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cylinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Progress Tuesday 26th January 2016

Hi all

A usual busy Tuesday with most groups sporting  a good number of volunteers even though the weather was patchy rain
The Pway team replaced twenty sleepers today which is a record for this particular project
The new booking office received some furniture donated from Stuart Walker's firm in Essex !!  Outside the other half of the steam team assisted laying the stone for the tarmac base on the ramp and area left by mess room
We hosted two Testrack customers, Clayton Engineering who instructed their customers on the new loco's driving controls and Network Rail who continued to put their RRV through it's paces running between Wirksworth and Duffield
The other steam team members continued with Kathryn's footplate renewal and parts to connect their cyclinders

All for now

Mike Evans
 

Supplementary Tuesday 26th January 2016

Dear all
 
As Chris Ralls has advised his plea for help was answered by the DST (Dream Steam Team) which was a pleasant example of inter department co-operation. Here is a photo around mid-day of progress with ramp project. In the background some progress has been made with revenue that will allow our ambitions to continue. Next week we will welcome Neway Training to Wirksworth for an initial two week training programme which involves reprofiling switches and crossings by a grinding process. This will go some way to replacing ARC Training who are moving to Derby at the end of the month.
 
Martin
 
Today's video of is of an American "Iris" that was operational some 20 years ago in Florida
 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Progress Monday 25th January 2016

Hi all
 
A Network Rail Road/Rail Vehicle arrived early this morning for two weeks of rigorous endurance training and equipment testing
A group at Duffield commenced cleaning the Brake Van which will be stabled there, acting as temporary Booking Hall whilst a new one is constructed 
The VCT were at milepost 134 1/4 and disposed of some large trees leaving a nice pile of logs
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Progress Friday 22nd January 2016

Dear all,

A day which started with very heavy rain didn't turn out too bad in the end. Our test customer tinkered with their locomotive lots today but also went on a run to Idridgehay.

Derek worked on the BSK, dismantling and cleaning the lighting contactors.

In the new Booking Office, further progress was made on the shop with pricing the products and ensuring the till back office is up to date. Also, more wall displays and things were done including placing the headboard and plaque from the visit of HRH on the wall.

Leigh

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Supplementary Thursday 21st January 2016

Dear all
 
It's quite an accolade to be selected as the test centre for a locomotive that will spend most of its time moving under London to aid the Crossrail project to conclusion. Today saw it passing through some of our test specific set pieces and then trial a substantial load towards Ravenstor.
 
The video shows the locomotive in action under the watchful eye of the Clayton Equipment team and our hosts Rob and John.
 
 
Martin

Progress Thursday 21st January 2016

Dear all,

Really cold this morning for our test customer who are testing a rather dishy new locomotive destined for Crossrail. It has successfully negotiated the bridge rail and cant features already.

The DMU team began examinations in preparation for the new season and progress continued on the BSK.

A start was made in sorting through paperwork as the office move at Wirksworth continues.

Leigh

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Supplementary No2 Wednesday 20th January 2016

Dear all
 
The reason for the second post was the arrival this afternoon of a brand new locomotive from Clayton Equipment which is to be put through its paces over the next 7 days prior to entering service on Crossrail for the fit out period. This is the first of seven being built by Clayton.
 
The video show the locomotive being unloaded at Wirksworth.
 
 
Martin

Supplementary No 1 Wednesday 20th January 2016

Dear all
 
Quite a day requiring two "supplementaries"!
 
The photos show an immaculate landrover from today's test customer and further great progress with the new Booking Hall access ramp project.
 
A short video of the small trailers that were under test today.
 
 
Martin
 
 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Progress Tuesday 19th January 2016

Hi all
 
The Pway team moved their mess room and new tool container to the site of work between Hazlewood and Duffield. This stretch requires sleeper changing, extra ballast and one wet area which requires track removal and drains installing.
The new booking office slope continues to take shape and more ceiling lights were installed inside
The Steams usual Tuesday crew moved Kathryn forward and Continued with No 3's repaint preparation
The DMU duo prepared three one ton weights for tomorrows test track customer's trailers 
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans
 
 

 

Supplementary Tuesday 19th January 2016

Dear all
 
Much progress inside and out with the new Wirksworth Booking Hall with opening day not far away!
 
Martin
 
PS - With the Permanent Way Team taking the opportunity of the break in passenger service to do some serious improvements to our "main line" they might be encouraged by the ocean going antics of an heritage railway in Florida. The condition of the track enforced a 10 to 15 mph maximum speed https://youtu.be/FTrO6Qrzkew

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Progress Saturday 16th January 2016

Dear all,

Thank goodness for mobile data as the site is engulfed by a town-wide power cut I can still send you today's progress.

Dan continued welding on the BSK whilst Rob did a few bits and bobs. There were very few volunteers on site to be honest with only the LMSCA making progress on the TO and the 8F chaps making progress on The Duke.

The contractors worked on the exterior refreshment of the Conference Room. I took a picture but it was quite dark!

Leigh

Friday, 15 January 2016

Progress Friday 15th January 2016

Dear all,

A full compliment of volunteers in Team Tannery today with much progress being made, ticking things off the list, as we hurtle towards the season already. Stuart and Bill put up the Tourist Information boards, Martin fixed the ill-fitting internal fire door and put a keep on the exterior fire door and Brian recessed the wood on the store door. Nathan and Andy made a start on putting up shelves in the admin office section and cleaning product display shelving. Some products were brought across towards the end of the day but still a long way to go.

Elsewhere, the P W team S&T Division did the routine groundframe checks which have to take place and Derek and Dan worked on the BSK refurb.

Leigh

Supplementary Friday 15th January 2015

Dear all
 
The old and the new - the old Booking Hall becoming a shell as stock and usuable display material is moved to the new "old" Booking Hall. The premises are really a step change and enjoyed the labours of a team of six today.
 
Today's video was rescued from a tape made in 1997 of the Bristol Electric Railbus commencing trials on the Bristol Harbour Railway. The connection with us is that, after a couple of years running between the Industrial Museum and ss Great Britain, the funds ran out and we were asked to store it at Wirksworth. The hope was that trials would be funded with us so that it could be demonstrated to potential purchasers. It all ended in tears with the vehicle returning to its builders in Cradley Heath and I believe it was destroyed by fire whilst stored there. I suspect it was before its time and had questionable engineering. Others are now emerging to develop the concept of Ultra Light Rail.
 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Supplementary Thursday 14th January 2016

Dear all
 
Another view of the ramp works to the World's oldest working Railway Booking Office as it steadily takes shape.
 
Martin
 
PS - a look at Alfreton Station yesterday whilst the sun was shining
 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Progress Wednesday 13th January 2016

Hi all
 
The Pway team continued changing sleepers and greasing fishplates south of Hazlewood
Another dry day allowed further work to continue on Tannery slopes and lighting was installed in office
The Mermaid ( Engineering vehicle ) and the dumper road/rail vehicle both left for the Foxfield Railway
All for now
 
Mike Evans 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Progress Tuesday 12th January 2016

I all
 
Who would have thought the early heavy rain would have changed to a lovely sunny day, not roasting but pleasant which allowed our construction team to move forward with new booking office ramp. It is really taking shape
EVRA received the newly upholstered seats for the CK and prepared their sales shop floor for a coat of paint
The Dream Steam Team continued preparing Barclay No 3 for its repaint and Kathryn's team no doubt will advise you of their exact achievements, not able to visit them myself
The DMU duo swapped the BSK and their stores coach to opposite sides of the maintenance facility. Not an easy task with LJ Breeze being stabled at Shottle for the winter period.
The PWay team had a large turnout and managed a good number of sleeper changes
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans   

Supplementary Tuesday 12th January 2016

Dear all
 
Work moved forward on to create an access to the World's oldest Railway Booking Office - yes, you heard it here first! The oldest Railway Booking Office in the World. There were more people involved but only John wanted his photo taken.
 
Martin
 
 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Progress Saturday 9th January 2016

Hi all
 
The main project of the day was the continuation of the wiring in the new booking hall for the internet and phone system. It still looks like spaghetti junction !!
The 8F group dismantled the Dukes temporary covered accommodation and removed rust from the top part of the internal cylinder cover
The DMU stores coach roof received more paint and a delivery of ceiling panels for the Derby Lightweight was received
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans

Friday, 8 January 2016

Progress Friday 8th January 2015

Evening all,

New Years Day seems like an age ago yet it was last Friday. Where does the time go?

Not too many on site today with Derek and Dan progressing with the BSK. Much wood to be cleaned, stained and varnished.

Nathan and Andy worked in the new Booking Office putting display boards on the wall recovered from the outgoing Booking Office. You may no doubt have read by now that the new Booking Office is going to be in a former Tannery adjacent to the platform at Wirksworth although it is far from new. I have been conversing with the building owner recently to find out a little more about it. It seems the building was build around the 1750s, although the deeds are written on velum so he doesn't want to handle them and gave me that date from his memory. The building was originally used by an animal skin company to store the raw hides before being sent to a tannery. Around the turn of the 1900s, the building became associated with the railway although not through the Midland Railway but through a company called Fletcher Brothers who dealt in animal feeds. Apparently, the animal feed was brought to Wirksworth Station by rail and loaded into the building via the doorway which we have recently opened up once again. For whatever reason this doorway had been bricked up at some point but it will now form the main public entrance. The area inside the building which we are to use as a store room was the Fletcher Brothers office which is still in situ. It is suspected that this is when the mezzanine floor which we are using was put in because prior to the railway being there, the ground nearby was somewhat lower! The whole complex of buildings in which the building belongs is known as Newbridge Works. Initially I had thought that this was named after the new railway bridge but no, it was named after the original river bridge which was built across the Ecclesbourne for horse and cart. The river now of course runs in a culvert built by the Midland Railway right the way under the yard.

Leigh

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Progress Thursday 7th January 2016

Dear all,

Very quiet on the volunteer front at Wirksworth today with the majority being just south of Hazelwood sleeper changing. This is part of an important winter works programme.

We did host a MyTestTrack customer who brought two road/rail diggers for a run round the yard. Piccy attached.

The DMU team did some work on the beautification of their coach and as I left, the mess room was benefitting from some new lino which was spare left over from that laid in the new Booking Office on Tuesday.

Leigh

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Progress Wednesday 6th January

Hi all
 
What weird weather we seem to be encountering with bright sunshine and mild temperatures. This allowed the team building the new wider ramp leading to the new booking office to move this project forward
The PWay team took the works train to Shottle and began the task of sleeper changing between Hazlewood and Duffield.
 
All for now 
 
Mike Evans

 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Progress Tuesday 5th January 2016

Hi all
 
Although we had plenty of showers today the contractors working  at the north gate found the offending water leak and replaced some old pipe with large bore plastic
The PWay team replaced a rotten sleeper on the station foot crossing and prepared all the necessary tools and grease for the winter sleeper changing between Hazlewood and Duffield 
The DMU duo repaired the air fault problem on Iris's wiper blades and shunted the Maintenance Facility placing vehicles for winter maintenance
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans 

Supplementary Tuesday 5th January 2016

Dear all
 
An illustration of the challenge facing the Ralls-Silvester building team, famous for their work at Duffield and Shottle, as they move forward with the ramped access and egress to and from the new Booking Hall. As with all building projects it always looks worse than it is until the final touches are made.
 
The second illustration is of work needed to an expensive water leak at the head of the Wirksworth station approach. Unfortunately the life of the Midland Railway water pipe we originally we plumbed into some 15 years ago has finally expired requiring an expensive fix. One of our personnel, described as the "Divine Rodney" is observed assisting the contractors.
 
Martin

Monday, 4 January 2016

Progress Monday 4th January 2015

Hi all
 
The dry weather allowed Mick the flail to clear vegetation down the racing straight. A job well done !!
The VCT delivered the fencing for the new booking hall and produced some logs near Derby road 1 bridge
Contractors have been digging up near the North gate to find a water leak which has been a problem for many months
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Progress Saturday 2nd January 2016

Hi all
 
Despite the drab and gloomy weather we ran Iris on the Service Train which proved to be productive. Maybe people were out to enjoy some fresh air after the Christmas an New Year festivities. Good news for all !
Leigh and John Stokes were hard at work sorting communications to the new booking office. The wiring situation reminded me of spaghetti junction, clearly not my area of expertise
The Saturday 8F group continued with the Duke enjoying the comfort of working under cover in the maintenance facility although the dark day required several sets of mobile lights
The DMU team ironed out the niggling electrical faults with 50253, the south power car of the Santa train and continued with the roof repaint of their stores coach
 
All for now
 
Mike Evans

Supplementary Saturday 2nd January 2016

Dear all
 
On a dull, wet Saturday the new Booking Hall signage certainly makes clear where this facility is located. As part of the preparation for the opening on 5th February John and Graham Stokes together with Leigh erected a catenary wire between the Ladies and the Tannery building to support an earth wire and telecoms cables which were affixed later in the day. It is good to see this project coming together nicely.
 
Martin

Friday, 1 January 2016

Progress New Years Day 2016

Dear all,

Much more seasonal this morning with it being -2 and icy on arrival for the first service day of the season. We ran our new timetable for the first time and all seemed well so far. We had many happy customers enjoying a splash of fizz and a mince pie.

Leigh